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welcome to the new SPD sofa, have a [biscuit] and a [brew]!

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sillywmama Sat 19-Nov-11 18:26:27

Hello all... just thought I'd start a new SPD support thread for anyone dealing with the whole achy fanjo/painful back/ridiculous inner thigh pain. I'm 9weeks pregnant and am settling in for the long haul. <fluffs up pillows and pops a paracetamol>

I have to confess I'm feeling a tad emotional that the pain is ALREADY here again but at least I'm better prepared this time! Last preg was spent flipping between teeth-gritted stoicism and hysterical wailing tears. No fun for anyone!

Taking enormous doses of codeine and hobbling around on crutches is something I'd like to avoid this time round so I'm going in all guns blazing for a consultant led care plan, pain clinic appointments and physio ASAP.

Anyone is welcome to join me! <puts the kettle on and hands around the jammy dodgers>

Oodthunkit Tue 20-Nov-12 08:01:32

Re yesterday-Woke up today with v little pain. Bit achy now I'm moving but I can stand without crutches. Must have been another blip. 
V relieved!

NAR4 Tue 20-Nov-12 13:49:15

Feel like throwing myself from the window, in an attempt to stop the pain. The pain has been so bad for the last week I can't sleep properly and moving around is unbearable. Its left me really tearful, which in turn has made my toddler super clingy. Just got back from the dr begging for something to help the pain. Just told to take paracetamol regularly and wait until I give birth. Arrrrrgh. I have 12 more weeks to go!

Sorry, I know you ladies are all going through this too. Just needed a moan.

Oodthunkit Tue 20-Nov-12 17:26:54

Thought codene was ok? Anyone know rather than me guessing?
If it is I'd try a different dr/MW

BlingLoving Tue 20-Nov-12 19:57:37

Please please try some ice at the base of your spine - 15 minutes then break for 15 then 15 again. It can't hurt and it might help.

It absolutely infuriates me that medical staff don't take it seriously.

I did find a chiro super helpful to manage it but not perfect.

SkinnyMarinkADink Tue 20-Nov-12 21:22:57

I have just started on codeine, had been asking for weeks and weeks.

The drs wouldn't give me it until i reached 30 weeks tho and had to have physio say i need it.

Now waiting on seeing an anithitist for injections in my back and pelvis to help me

Oodthunkit Wed 21-Nov-12 07:47:22

<fingers crossed> skinny

Oodthunkit Sat 01-Dec-12 12:04:50

How's everyone doing?

I've just been reading an article on the pelvi partnership site about support belts. It says they shouldn't be used until alignment is checked as they can make it worse. I get pain with the belt & did last time. My hips aren't aligned as my right hip has problems of its own ( loose , no idea of specifics). Quite annoyed this has never been checked.

CityDweller Sun 13-Jan-13 18:39:57

Thought I'd resurrect this thread as I've been suffering from spd/pgp since 20 wks (29 wks now). Good days and bad days and have been having regular osteopathy since 22 wks which I felt was helping keep it under control. But, I've begun to notice a pattern re. the osteopathic treatment and was wondering if this struck a chord with any fellow sufferers? My pain has pretty much always been around the back of pelvic rim/ in buttock/ hip, but after my last couple of osteo treatments I've had bad flare-ups (about 24-36 hrs after the appointment) of pain round the front in my pelvic bone - achey/ throbbing and that feeling of being punched in the pelvic bone every time I walk. Usually this calms down after a day or two and I've see a general improvement overall. That was, until this week, when the pain seems to have shifted totally round to the front and I've been in pretty much constant pain since my osteo appointment 5 days ago. The real kicker is that prior to my last osteo apt I was feeling much, much better.

Anyway, I guess I mostly wanted to vent (I wish I hadn't bothered going to osteo for last treatment!). I'm doing everything I can to alleviate the problem, even have an NHS physio apt (finally) in 10 days and am planning to go to acupuncturist next week. I just have dark moments at the thought of enduring this for another 3 months (potentially, if baby is late) and it continuing postnatally (too much Googling today and reading horror stories). It's as hard emotionally as anything else (as well as financially...). I had envisioned myself having a lovely, active pregnancy (I'm a previously very active, athletic person) and I feel disappointed at how my pregnancy has turned out and now I feel my world closing in on me as I'm less and less able to get out and about and do stuff.

Sorry for the long moan sad I know there could be so many other things wrong and on the grand scale of things I'm lucky, but it's tough to stay positive sometimes.

Oodsigma Sun 13-Jan-13 19:10:35

I had given up hope of this thread reviving!
I'm 31 weeks tomorrow with dc4. Only had SPD in last pg .& this one. It. Starred this time at 12 weeks and was on crutches at 17 weeks. I now barely leave the house as I can't walk more than a few yards with the crutches and gave in to a wheelchair for going out last week.
Have seen NHS Physio twice (2 referrals) first gave me crutches, second did an assessment , pointed out why I had it ( no core strength due to separated muscles/stretch marks amongst other stuff) gave me a few exercises and sent me away until baby is born.

Luckily (?!?) I'm having a section anyway so don't have to worry too much about positions although recovery is always going to be a long one (took 18m to walk around town without pain last time)

YYY on the frustration & it's set off AND in me this time ( am prone though).

specialknickers Sun 13-Jan-13 22:12:39

Can I join you on the sofa? I'm 14 weeks and have had pgp since I found out I was pregnant. Sadly, I've actually had it off and on since April 2009 when I was 8 weeks pregnant with ds... It's a terrible terrible cross to bear and you all have my deepest sympathies.

I'm seeing an osteo at the moment but he's not a specialist and I think he may actually be making things worse. No idea hat to try next, in the past I've tried three different physios, a chiropractor, two different provate piates instructors, and a different osteopath and they all took my money but nothing really helped except daily ibroprofen (not recommended in pregnancy obviously). I don't know anyone else who's suffered with this and no one seems to understand what a struggle it is to get out of bed every morning (literally in our case).

I need a brew!

Oodsigma Sun 13-Jan-13 22:15:54


Think we will probably need a sofa each of you're anything like me as I am only comfy laying down!

specialknickers Sun 13-Jan-13 22:17:14

Yy citydweller, this seems to be happening to me. Last session seems to have irritated things and moved the pain around. It's way worse. soul destroying when you're paying 45quid for more pain...

specialknickers Sun 13-Jan-13 22:19:00

Oodsigma good point. Am lying down even as I (badly) type grin

CityDweller Sun 13-Jan-13 22:29:08

specialknickers sorry to hear that you've had same experience, although comforting to know it's not just me. I'm back at osteo on Tues, so will see what they say.

I've been icing my crotch lots this week and that helps (I've got sports ice-packs that go in the freezer that are easy to roll up and shove between my legs - nice...) and a bath tonight helped too.

kurlyvoice Sun 13-Jan-13 22:37:16

Please can I join - I come with a sofa attached! Am 33+3 and started suffering at about 8 weeks, though it went away for a bit after a brilliant NHS physio did some special manipulation at 16-ish weeks. Am totally buggered now though! Have also seen an osteo and have more front pain since then, which might be linked or might just be baby's position.

Have hardly been out in weeks, though luckily I can drive ok (no idea why that's unaffected given that I can't do anything else) so can at least have a change of scene in terms of whose house I am in. Going back to work on Tuesday for my last three days before maternity leave, though on v minimal requirements, but am dreading the pain in the evenings... I'm not taking any painkillers as paracetamol stopped working, I'm allergic to codeine, and don't want to put anything else into baby's bloodstream - but am I being ridiculous? I bloody hurt! Sorry you are all suffering - this is total rubbish! DC2 for me, didn't have it with DS, just pre-eclampsia with him, and this is much worse to cope with. At least that was sudden and over within a fortnight!

NAR4 Mon 14-Jan-13 09:34:27

Had practically convinced myself that it would all be sorted at the physio appointment, after my placenta finally moved up (originally refused any manipulation due to placenta previa). Had an appointment at 34wks and the same physio announced that there was nothing she could do now, including manipulation, due to me being too heavily pregnant. So just sent away again in agony, on crutches. Has anyone else been told this? Really annoyed as she originally told me she could help by doing some manipulation, as soon as/if my placenta moved up. By the way it was the specialist womens health physio, in my area, that I saw.

Best wishes to you all, at least the end is now in sight for me. Just can't even think about the possibility of it not completely going after the baby is born.

Oodsigma Mon 14-Jan-13 09:45:47

NAR they don't do manipulation here as it doesn't last very long and they don't want to give you an appointment twice a week
I only found out there was a specialist womens Physio after having it for 2 1/2 years! Apparently they are supposed to see you before discharge too but c-sections are Thursdays so only chance they get is Friday after youre up but they prioritise ICU ( obviously) so it depends if they get chance.

NAR4 Mon 14-Jan-13 12:28:34

Is it worth checking with my hospital if the physio will check my pelvis before I go home after the baby is born? Or best to just ask GP to refer me to the specialist womens physio, after I get home? Does anyone have any experience with this bit?

Oodsigma Mon 14-Jan-13 12:41:19

I was told I can request the Physio to come to me. The women's Physio is in the same hospital as me although my usual Physio isn't.

CityDweller Mon 14-Jan-13 13:36:35

NAR I think an osteo will treat you at your stage, if you have the ££ - may be more soft-tissue release than 'manipulation', but would prob help. Make sure you go to one qualified and experienced working on pregnant women. Otherwise I found acupuncture helped with pain management (I went to someone who specializes in pregnancy).

At my hospital the NHS women's physios do rounds of the postnatal wards every morning, so if same at yours presumably you can ask to see one before being discharged?

(Ps I'm with you on the dark thoughts re this continuing post-partum. Everything I've read indicates getting treated in pg helps avoid this, so try to get some treatment if you can)

therewearethen Mon 14-Jan-13 13:58:04

Haven't read the whole thread yet, I suspected SPD in the first few weeks but it settled so thought no more of it, that was until we moved house and it came back with avengence! I'm now 38 + 4days so it's too late for a physio referral, midwife gave me a sheet with the usual advice but unfortunately nothing seems to help!

The worst thing is trying to roll over in bed, it's absolute agony! It's also really painful when I try to step in the bath to shower or dress!

I'm struggling on as I've got so little time left before I pop but does anyone know what they'll do with regards to labour? I'm due to labour in a midwife led birthing unit and plan on having a water birth as I did with my first. I can kneel relatively pain free but it's such hard work getting on and off a bed and there's no way I can lift my legs or knees whilst lying down so just wondering what happens when they want to examine me!? Is there any other position I can be in to check how dilated etc I am?

Sorry for ranting on, not seeing my midwife until I'm 40wks now!

quidget7882 Mon 14-Jan-13 14:10:41

Hello everyone waves shyly this is actually my 1st post on here, but reading everyone's posts made me want to join in. I'm 37+3 and this is my 1st baby, developed SPD at 9 wks. Initially I was being treated for my hyper-mobility as my hip's were (& continue) to displace but as the SPD has taken over I have to rely (& hope) they pop back in themselves as lying on a bed with someone pulling on my leg's has become rather impossible!

I'm fed up of feeling useless (although DH is brilliant) and feel like I'm on house arrest - if I do venture out the crutches usually scupper me especially if the path is anything other than flat.

Anyway that's my moan, misery loves company grin!

Pics Mon 14-Jan-13 18:03:07

Hello. I am still keeping quiet about pregnancy - am now 8 weeks, but SPD kicked in at 5 (16 weeks with DD2, 36 with DD1) so i am really really worried.

Actually came on to start a separate thread wiht the hope of attracting 'ex' SPD sufferers about best forms of treatment - so will do that too. Will probably be quiet for a while though as such early days trying not to talk about it too much!

CityDweller Mon 14-Jan-13 18:13:29

therewere make sure SPD is written in big letters on your birth plan and that the attending mw, drs, etc know. Important not to spread legs too wide or be forced to labour/ birth on your back (and def not in stirrups). They can do internal exams with you lying on your side, rather than back. I have read that it's rarely an issue in labour and most women experience SPD recovery immediately or v soon after giving birth.

specialknickers Mon 14-Jan-13 21:12:38

I'll second that - I had a very long labour with DS and an induction (on a drip, no epidural -shudder-) and ended up on my back, legs akimbo, in stirrups. Not to scare you, but I couldn't walk for about 10 days (at all. DH had to carry me to the toilet) and I never really recovered.

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